Government Information Webinar on New Funding Opportunity

If you’ve been waiting for an update on our April 6 post about the government payroll grant program for AS9100 companies, then here it is!

The Department of Transportation will hold a webinar next week to discuss the AMJP and to answer the questions that industry has about the program. This introductory webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, starting at 3:00p Eastern time.  The webinar will provide a brief overview of the AMJP program, and address basic questions submitted by participants.

The Department has established a registration page for their webinar. They sent out about 11,000 emails today inviting companies to register on the registration page. If you didn’t get the email, then you can still register here: https://www.transportation.gov/AMJP-webinar-registration.

Remember, AMJP is the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection (AMJP) program.  The AMJP program can provide financial assistance to eligible businesses, paying up to half of the compensation costs for certain categories of employees, for up to six months. Businesses who provide aircraft parts or services under an AS9100 certified system may be eligible for the program.

DOT plans to authorize funding under the AMJP program through a single-round, expedited application process. This will allow them to identify all eligible requests before beginning the award process, but it also means that we may only get one shot at applying.

Likely AMJP Application Elements (from the Federal Register)

These are the items that you will likely need to have available when you register for the AMJP program:

  • Legal name of the applicant
  • Address, telephone, and email contact information
  • Legal authority under which the applicant was established (e.g. incorporation)
  • Name and title of the authorized representative of the applicant
  • Identity of those assisting in the application, including outside accountants, attorneys, or auditors
  • Which of the three statutory criteria does the applicant meet and how (including copies of FAA certificates or authorizations or AS9100 certificates):
    • FAA production approval holder
    • FAA Part 145 certificate holder
    • Operates a process certified to AS9100 related to the design, development, or provision of an aviation product or service, including a part, component, or assembly
  • Location where the applicant was legally established, created, or organized to do business
  • Other identification numbers, including but not limited to:
    • Employer/Taxpayer Identification Number (EIN/TIN)
    • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number
    • Unique Entity Identifier under 2 CFR part 25, etc.
  • Description of the applicant’s business operations, demonstrating how the applicant meets the statutory requirement for US operations; this may include:
    • a listing of all business locations
    • the number of employees (and the percentage of their time) engaged in aviation-related versus other business activities at each location
  • Details sufficient to demonstrate how the applicant meets the requirement to have “involuntarily furloughed or laid off at least 10 percent of its workforce in 2020 as compared to 2019 or has experienced at least a 15 percent decline in 2020 revenues as compared to 2019. This is likely to be either:
    • Aggregate numbers of personnel as of April 1, 2019 and April 1, 2020, or
    • Total operating revenue figures for the applicant’s fiscal years ending 2019 and 2020.
  • Certification that the applicant has not received a credit against applicable employment taxes under section 2301 of the CARES Act (26 U.S.C. 3111 note) for the immediately preceding calendar quarter ending before such agreement is entered into, or financial assistance under section 4113 of the CARES Act (15 U.S.C. 9073) (providing payroll support to air carriers and contractors), and is not currently expending financial assistance under the paycheck protection program established under section 7(a)(36) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a)(36)), as of the date the employer submits an application under the AMJP.
  • Definition of the applicant’s Eligible Employee Group.
  • The actual aggregate total cost of compensation for the Eligible Employee Group for the six-month period ending March 31, 2021 [note: this period could change because it does not appear to match the statutory requirement].
    • DOT anticipates requiring a breakdown of the compensation costs (e.g., aggregate base salaries versus other major benefit categories, including but not limited to medical benefits paid by the employer, paid leave, insurance premiums paid by the employer, employer match on employee retirement contributions, etc.).
    • Applicants will be required to provide supporting documentation in sufficient detail to substantiate the preceding aggregate costs, like financial reports and redacted payroll reports
  • Whether the applicant business entity is currently engaged in any legal proceeding that could jeopardize its ability to fulfill the legal commitments required in statute as conditions for receiving funds under the AMJP (e.g. Bankruptcy, potential merger or acquisition discussions, or current litigation against the applicant)
  • Whether the applicant is delinquent on any debt to any Federal agency, along with supporting details.
  • Certification by the applicant that they can and will enter into a legal agreement with DOT, that will require the applicant to:
    • provide the remainder of the payroll to the Eligible Employee Group, and
    • refrain from any involuntary layoffs, furloughs, or reductions in pay rates or benefits for the Eligible Employee Group

Note that all applicants will be required to have pre-registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://sam.gov/SAM/.

About Jason Dickstein
Mr. Dickstein is the President of the Washington Aviation Group, a Washington, DC-based aviation law firm. Since 1992, he has represented aviation trade associations and businesses that include aircraft and aircraft parts manufacturers, distributors, and repair stations, as well as both commercial and private operators. Blog content published by Mr. Dickstein is not legal advice; and may not reflect all possible fact patterns. Readers should exercise care when applying information from blog articles to their own fact patterns.

One Response to Government Information Webinar on New Funding Opportunity

  1. Pingback: Grant Opportunity For AS9100 Companies Opens Next Week – Don’t Miss It! | ASA Web Log

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